Jet Propulsion Lab is looking for 3-6 Postdoc Fellows to carry out remote sensing of ecosystems with new technologies — ecosystem function, biodiversity, biomass, structure
Posted: April 8, 2021
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California) is seeking a cohort of postdoctoral fellows (3-6) to join a new research group focused on utilizing remote sensing data to advance state-of-the-art applications for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, integrating imaging spectroscopy and thermal imaging, lidar and radar with ecosystem modeling, biogeography and biodiversity science.
Biodiversity and ecosystem function is an emerging area for remote sensing and Earth System Science. Imaging spectroscopy presents a new window on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem function and biodiversity, allowing remote sensing to progress from studying greenness to observing a key dimension of diversity on planet earth. Lidar and radar provide complementary information on structure and structural diversity of ecosystems and are available at regional and global scales. New space-based and airborne observations span the California drought and over nearly half the state, Hawaii, India, the Amazon Basin and many other regions and new instruments from the US, Germany and Japan will provide global access.
The successful applicants will have backgrounds in ecology, geophysics, Earth systems science, marine science, or related fields with expertise in some combination of remote sensing, imaging spectroscopy, lidar, algorithm development, strong mathematical and statistical skills, and an interest in being on the ground floor of new space-based observables. Research will include basic discovery science, methods development for new observables and support for new space missions. The team includes several JPL scientists, a group of postdocs with diverse backgrounds and several university collaborators.
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Education and Training Opportunities
DOE Office of Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program
To apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall Internship, check https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.
Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.
Funding and Fellowships
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Next application deadline: May 2020 (Date TBD – check here: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr)
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program provides supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications. 2020 Solicitation #1 applications are due TBD May 2020 – check here: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr.
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.